Sonic Youth - EVOL

NME.COM feature on Sonic Youth - EVOL album including album review, artwork, tracks, listen now, tour dates, discography and more.

Release date: 30 November 1985

More Sonic Youth Reviews

Album review: Sonic Youth- The Eternal

Album review: Sonic Youth- The Eternal

Sex, anger and more twists and turns than ever – c’mon, what did you expect?

  • Jun 2, 2009
Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth

Daydream Nation

  • Jul 13, 2007
Sonic Youth : Bristol Academy

Sonic Youth : Bristol Academy

...ferociously cool...

  • Jul 2, 2002

More Sonic Youth Reviews

Sonic Youth News

Sonic Youth to reissue 'Daydream Nation'

Sonic Youth to reissue 'Daydream Nation'

Band will re-release 1988 album on June 10 alongside Ciccone Youth's 'The Whitey Album'

Thurston Moore discusses split with Kim Gordon

Thurston Moore discusses split with Kim Gordon

The former Sonic Youth man said he'll 'always have that experience of sadness that a separation brings'

Thurston Moore's black metal band Twilight announce new album and split up on same day

Thurston Moore's black metal band Twilight announce new album and split up on same day

Band's third album will be released in March

More Sonic Youth News

Sonic Youth - EVOL: Wikipedia Album Entry

EVOL is the third studio album by American alternative rock band Sonic Youth, released in 1986 on SST Records. The album cover features a picture of Lung Leg, a still taken from Submit to Me, a film by Richard Kern. The album is notable for being the first with new drummer Steve Shelley, replacing Bob Bert, and for showing signs of the band transitioning away from their noise-rock past and toward a greater rock sensibility. It was the first album by the band released on the SST label. By 1986, label founder Greg Ginn was anxious for SST to move away from its American hardcore roots, and signing Sonic Youth was an undeniably important step for the label, as well as for the band.

The record marks the second straight for the band in which it had worked with New York singer/performance artist Lydia Lunch. Lunch had shared vocal duties on Bad Moon Rising's "Death Valley '69" and on this record she co-wrote the tune "Marilyn Moore". "Shadow of a Doubt" takes a great part of its lyrical imagery from the Hitchcock film Strangers on a Train: "Met a stranger on a train/you'll kill him and I'll kill her/swear it wasn't meant to be".

On the vinyl format of the album, the time length for "Expressway to Yr. Skull" was indicated by the symbol for infinity; the final moment of the song featured a locked groove, making it theoretically endless. The CD format added a bonus track: the band's cover of the Kim Fowley tune "Bubblegum."

One single, a radio edit of "Starpower", was released from the album, with "Bubblegum" and an edited "Expressway to Yr. Skull" as B-sides.

User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License and may also be available under the GNU FDL.

Powered by Last.fm

Artist/Album artwork images hosted by Last.fm. For copyright enquiries please see here.

 
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
 

 
Most Read News
Popular This Week
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today